My habit is to hide out a bit right after Christmas: To rest my body, to reflect on the past year, and to recapture what brings me joy. I revisit my 3 R's before the New Year so that when the clock strikes 00:00:01, I am ready for it. For despite the fact that our lives can change at any second, 1 January brings about so much potential, doesn't it? So why not take it and go with the momentum?
I have to admit though, that of the 3 R's, I'm still working on the first. This Christmas was both our quietest and busiest. We purposely kept it intimate and just us for the entire weekend, but it still was as messy and as loud and as chaotic as it would have been had we done our usual hosting. I still cooked heaping amounts of food, our dishwasher still ran at least twice a day, and Hubby and I still went to bed those nights happy but undeniably exhausted.
We both keep learning that our Big family is self-sustaining, and that there will never be a lack of company. And while we laughed at how our days were filled without, really, much planned, we both grew that much more appreciative of the enormity of the space these children filled. It's astounding, and humbling, really, how they are in all parts of this home. And how, despite all of our antics and quirks as parents, they still come to us, in their happiness, frustration and sadness.
And so, I am still tired, still barely getting out of house clothes, not flat-ironing my hair, but spending these quiet hours with each of my four. All without thinking of when the next extra-curric activity will be, or when the next project is due. The pace - it's good right now; my body needed it, my mind sought it, and thank goodness the kids are going with it.
I hope that you had a wonderful holiday, and that somehow in your plans you are recovering in your own way. After all, the New Year is around the corner, and it will be time to party when it comes around to it!
Have a great night!